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While Menstruating Can You Get Pregnant?

Updated on July 9, 2010

How Can You Get Pregnant While Menstruating

 Many women want to know if it is possible to get pregnant while menstruating.  This question is quite common and you need to look at it in two different ways.  The first issue presented here is whether you can conceive when you have sex during menstruation and the other is whether you can bleed and then discover that you are pregnant.  Both issues raised above can occur and the following is a description of how they can happen.  The most important thing to remember is that conception and pregnancy are possible no matter what time of the month it is and you need to learn how to deal with such challenges.

 It is possible to get pregnant while experiencing your monthly period for the following reason.  Conception will occur at the fallopian tubes but can also occur along the uterus where the egg can meet the sperm.  If the egg is not fertilized at the location of the tubes or oviducts, it will travel downwards in preparation for menstruation.  As menstruation occurs, the egg might propel towards the uterus and when there is sperm, fertilization and pregnancy will occur.

 When the egg is fertilized, it will work towards implantation which will be made possible by the lining of the uterus.  To make implantation possible, chemicals will be produced in the body to prepare for the gestation of the pregnancy.  All this may cause some bleeding and many women will actually think that their periods are on but this might not be the case.  This bleeding is not an indication that you are not pregnant and the best thing to do in this case is to go for a test that will confirm whether or not you are.  Another thing to be aware of is that ovulation itself is able to cause bleeding and this is not uncommon at all.

 If you do not use protection during this time, do not be surprised when pregnancy occurs.  What you need to know is that pregnancy during this time is not uncommon and if you are not planning to get pregnant, it will be wise to use protection.  There is much more than pregnancy to worry about with unprotected sex because you will be exposed to STIs as well.  Sperm can stay in the female body for almost a week and it is good to know this.  This is to say that the ova can get fertilized easily before it leaves the body. 

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